Cancer study to focus on South Dakota Natives

Three hospitals are collaborating on a five-year, $5.4 million clinical study of cancer among Indians in South Dakota.

The goals of the study are to discover the causes for health-care disparities between Indians and non-Indians, determine whether shorter radiation treatments help Indian cancer patients and determine whether Indians have a gene that worsens the side effects from radiation therapy.

Researchers will also conduct outreach on the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Rosebud reservations and in Rapid City. The study hopes to enroll up to 200 Indian cancer patients.

Get the Story:
Cancer study targets three reservations (The Rapid City Journal 12/1)
Hospitals unite to address cancer rate among Indians (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 11/30)

Relevant Links:
Journal of Clinical Oncology -

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